BLM announces decision on recreation project in Wasatch County
SALT LAKE CITY —The Bureau of Land Management announces a decision today on the Mayflower All-Season Trails and Lift Environmental Assessment making four isolated BLM parcels in Wasatch County available for skiing, hiking and biking. The project proposed by Extell Development Company supports the Biden-Harris administration’s priorities to improve recreation access and create jobs.
“Trails are important boosters for local economies, and we anticipate our decision to approve this project will result in job creation and support local businesses,” said BLM West Desert District Manager Michael Gates. “Additionally, these new trails will create safe public access to previously unreachable parcels of public land.”
The decision approves a 30-year right-of-way to construct, operate and maintain a ski lift, approximately 14 ski trails and roughly 11 hiking and biking trails on more than 120 acres of BLM-managed public land. The project is part of the planned 6,000-acre Mayflower Mountain Resort located on BLM, private and State of Utah lands near Heber City and Midway in Utah.
The decision record, finding of no significant impact and environmental analysis can be viewed online at: https://go.usa.gov/xJvt5.
Recreation in and around communities strengthens local economies. In fiscal year 2020, recreation on BLM-managed public lands contributed $9.5 billion in economic output. As the BLM works to enhance recreation opportunities for Americans, we strive to remain a good neighbor. This means respecting how communities use the public lands, as well as including their voices in our management decisions.
For additional information, please contact Todd Marks, Assistant Field Manager, at 801-320-8300.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.